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FD schools to get security upgrade

Butler, Cooper, Duncombe to be brought on board

December 18, 2011
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

The Fort Dodge Community School District board on Dec. 12 considered bids for upgrading the security systems of Butler Elementary School, Cooper Elementary School and Duncombe Elementary School.

"It would protect student records, computer labs and other expensive equipment in these buildings," Chris Darling, director of operations, said.

From four companies, the lowest bid for all three schools came from PerMar Security Services of Fort Dodge, at $9,390.

All three buildings would have a minimum of one alpha-numerical keypad, Darling said.

"We sat down with each principal in each of these buildings and talked about where each of these entries points will be," he said.

There would also be motion detectors inside the building, Darling said, along with other hardware necessary to protect the classrooms.

The service would come with a $25 monthly charge per building for online monitoring, Darling noted.

"It's the same as we have in all of our other buildings," he said. "It's part of a 24-hour service. If someone breaks in, they'll call the police or call the numbers that we have set aside."

Most of the district's security systems are done by PerMar, but some service is provided by other companies, Darling said.

Superintendent Doug Van Zyl said he would like to see all security systems managed by one group instead of "helter skelter, all over the place."

Darling said with the new middle school, they could have "everything under one roof," but that would still have to be bid.

He said installation would take place during winter break and the systems could be up and running by February.

"We could bring different buildings up at different times, depending on how well and quick our equipment gets in," Darling said.

The board unanimously approved the low bids for security services for each of the three schools submitted by PerMar.

Contact Brandon L. Summers at (515) 573-2141 or



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